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That which was most admirable was that in such a small body more fine
qualities existed than could be imagined. Among his soldiers scarcely one
could be found as small and as ugly in face as he was, but yet he surpassed
them all in virtue and integrity.—Hajyton of Armenia on Gha&an Khan.
The Accession of Ghazan^ A.H. 694 (1295).—Ghazan
upon his accession proclaimed himself a Moslem and on
this account repudiated the suzerainty of the Khakans,
who were, of course, heathen. To mark this step, which
was, in fact, the opening of a new period, he substituted
the Moslem confession of faith on his coins for the name
and titles of the Khakan. Furthermore, with the zeal
of a convert, he destroyed Christian, Jewish, and pagan
temples alike, until the King of Armenia interceded with
him, after which he demolished only the temples of the
The earlier part of his short reign of nine years was
filled with rebellions and disturbances, the invasion of
Khorasan from Transoxiana falling into the latter category*
The two chief supporters of Ghazan were Togatchar and
Noruz, but he suspected their loyalty and determined to
put them to death. The execution of the former was
accomplished by treachery. Noruz, on the other hand,
escaped and took refuge with Fakhr-u-Din, the Kart
ruler of Herat; but he was surrendered to the repre-
sentative of Ghazan and immediately executed. Many
other chiefs and officials were put to death during this